Discusses the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. Shows how Buddhist chants synchronized with striking psychedelic pictures, turn the mind inward and induce a state of meditation which is basic to Zen teaching.
Discusses the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. Depicts how Buddhist chants, synchronized with striking psychedelic pictures, turn the mind inward and induce a state of meditation which is basic to Zen teaching.
The. Waters before and the water laughter now and forever floating follow each other. That's of us from an old Chinese problem expressing what they call the doll. The way Course or flow of nature. Of nature seen a spontaneous and liquid movement. The philosopher Louds are writing some twenty four hundred years ago put it this way. The great doubt flows everywhere both to the right and the left. It loves and nourishes all things but does not know it over them. And when good things are achieved it makes no claim to the. Well the whole world is liquid. And even rocks bones and shells are pieces of sculpture whose forms memorialize the ascension patterns of flowing water. In the West we tend to think of the real as the solid and our images of God on geological. Rock of Ages cleft for me. I invest a bulwark a stone said got. A mighty fortresses our God. We look for rigid ground upon which to stand. Yet as one of our own poets sense. The hills are shadows and they flow from form to form a nothing stands. There is no firm ground. We live on a ball floating and falling in space. The very liveliness of life and death for the two are inseparable. Is change. And this movement this energy cannot be captured or pinned down. Water taken from the stream in a bucket no longer streams. And when caught in a box is dead air no longer blowing. Therefore. We must get away from the idea that religion that God is something to hold onto upon which to take a stand. In a liquid universe the art of life is like swimming and one does not flame by clutching the water or trying to stand upon it to swim the bought him a spill X. into the water. And float by the rhythm of breathing air out and in. Abandoned and the ambition to define and fix everything to shock the world up and boxes and pigeonholes labeled with words and to hold on to yourself as a form of life which absolutely must involve to survive. Goals of. Go with the flow of things. You yourself are like a whirlpool. A temporarily constant pattern down in streaming the good. In the hypnotic illusions created by speech. We say that there is such a thing as a flame on the top of account. But. A flame it is actually a stream of hot gas. And ourselves and our bodies are just the same kind of thing. Thing. I should rather say event. Action person. Than the real. Fundamentally you is not so much the world. As a whole river. Which is simultaneously Shaw's stream that's jury ocean clouds and rain. Flow go with it. Them. And do not resist time change and they're. Probably only really problematic form of death is rigidity and resistance to change. To program which again. Now and that is to the supple and tender that in death he is rigid and. The plants when young are fallible and soft that when old they are brittle and dry. Stuff. Suppleness and tenderness on the marks of life whereas rigidity and hardness of the marks of death. The waters before. And the waters are. Now and forever flowing. Follow each other. Why. Well. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa whoa. This is just the way. Why why why. The the. Oh oh oh. How low low low low. The how. Home. The whole home. Limit. In the. In. The room. Me. The Living in the room alone. Oh the. Web. I'm old and a lady. The way. Oh I told. You.
January 19, 2018 Subject:
This film is a stunning example capturing nuances of the era in which it was created. It is a meditative delight that introduces some basic tenants of Zen philosophy.
August 12, 2017 Subject:
This is a very good film, followed by a great speech by Alan Watts.
I don't understand what the two previous reviews were about, they clearly don't understand neither cinema nor Zen Buddhism or Taoism...
Thanks for this rare and highly valuable work!
Ignore these yelp "experts"
February 9, 2017 Subject:
Stoned? Watch this. Not stoned? Don't.
At first, I thought this was a film about Zen Buddhism, what with the title and all. And for almost half the film, it sort of is. But then all pretense goes out the window and it becomes a Film to Enjoy Psychotropic Drugs By. I suppose the filmmakers told the backers that the film itself IS Zen, but who are we kidding? Most of the film is just swirly patterns and mystical chanting (or discordant chimes).
I agree with XMarine that watching a trickling stream into which gallons of paint have been poured does not induce relaxation- quite the contrary, it gives me (and apparently XMarine) a strong case of environmental nausea.
I'll add a star because it may be useful for those who- shall we say- partake.
March 14, 2016 Subject:
While this has a great underlying message, the world is full of those that pollute the stream without so much as a thought for anything else.